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Grade 8 Lesson Plan: Learning Styles

With the uniqueness of each person’s learning style, it is important for a student to identify, how best he/she is able to assimilate information and produce the correct answers when asked. When students spend quality time with their books they will produce quality results. Students were introduced to this important aspect of learning.

Currently, there are seven “Learning Styles“:

  • Visual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
  • Aural (auditory-musical):You prefer using sound and music.
  • Verbal (linguistic):You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
  • Physical (kinesthetic):You prefer using your body, hands, and sense of touch.
  • Logical (mathematical):You prefer using logic, reasoning, and systems.
  • Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
  • Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study. https://www.time4learning.com/learning-styles.shtml

Which learning styles work best?

Serious study groups: To participate in a study group, you should have read the materials and understood the concept thoroughly. This will enable you to contribute meaningfully, freely and learn from others too.

Personal Studies: Precise note-taking helps greatly! When you read material from cover to cover, take notes. This is because the hands are connected to the brain. Try and write out what you have read, reproduce it through self-test and identify your errors. Re-mark and correct the mistakes. Read aloud if possible if you have indeed understood the material. “Chew and pour” is never good enough. Once the question is twisted you are unable to meet the demands of the question. Rather, understand the material to enable you to engage with the concepts meaningfully when asked questions in the examination.

Student Reflection

“During guidance class on the 7 May 2019, we learnt about learning styles and how to manage our time wisely. Auntie Constance and Auntie Eyram showed us a PowerPoint explaining the learning styles and how to know which one suits us perfectly. Learning with music- Even though learning with music relates to noise, some people want their individual peace of mind by listening to music instead of hearing people shouting or murmuring about something.  For some people, they say if they hear background noises, they turn to forget some part of whatever they are learning and it seems they cannot regain the memory anymore.

Learning with groups- People also turn to learn when other people are studying with them so in case they don’t know something, they can easily turn to their friends for help. On the other hand, studying with your friends can be a distraction because sometimes they can tend to talk about different things which can distract you from learning and that amount of your time may be far wasted.

Learning without friends, music, and noise- People tend to stay focused whilst learning when there is nothing around them. If something distracting is around them, they turn to waste their time not doing anything productive. They just want to have their peace of mind, themselves and their books. It is important to know your learning style to find out which one works best for you”. 

~Masere Frimpong (Grade 8)

 

“The lesson really taught me a lot of things about learning styles and learning environments. I learnt that it is good to find different learning styles that are very good for you like using mind-maps and also using flashcards. I also learnt that to help study well you must find a good learning environment that works for you. In addition to that, I also learnt that in order to have an effective learning time you must find what makes you comfortable. Also, you must not procrastinate. Which environment is best for you? A noisy environment, a serene environment, an outdoor environment or an enclosed environment and with this kind of things you must ask yourself a lot of questions knowing what helps you. Do I procrastinate? Do I drift off when studying?  You have to find those who are at the top and ask for advice which can help in your studies”.

~Jason Boateng (Grade 8)

 

Expectations for the IB Diploma Programme (DP)

Next academic year, I will be in IB1 and I am really looking forward to trying out new things and stepping out of my comfort zone. I would like to become more engaged in CAS and other school activities whilst challenging myself academically. I can’t wait! – Cheryl Kumah, G10

I am very excited for the IB Diploma Programme. I can’t wait to get involved in things like ISSAG Soccer Team. Since some students will be graduating, there will be vacancy for me to try it out. I can’t also wait to stand for a prefectural position. I am also excited for the new syllabus. – Sanjeevan Allotey, G10

Personally, I think that the Diploma programme will be life changing. I have done some research and I can see that it is both rigorous and fun. I see myself maturing into a responsible IB student and prepared for college. I especially cannot wait for Theory of Knowledge (TOK). – Joshua Yeboah, G10

Throughout my stay in TIS I have always heard a lot of rumours about the DP programme being very demanding and stressful. Hearing these things obviously gives me a hint of what I am about to face in a few months. I know it won’t be an easy ride so I am obviously looking forward to conquer that challenge! – Arnold Gyateng, G10

Although I expect a more rigorous programme than the IG, I really look forward to doing TOK and Psychology SL as well as embarking on my own CAS project to help raise awareness and provide help to girls in rural areas. – Ethan, G10

The IB programme has always sounded interesting to me; causing some form of curiosity to rise in me and I will have to let a lot of fun go away in order to focus on the programme. For a sporty person like myself I will have to take advantage of any sporting opportunities in order to achieve more aside the academic work. – Joshua Sanda, G10

Personally I’m looking forward to the IB programme that will teach me how to manage my time and work efficiently. Honestly, I look forward to a great 2 years. – Nana Saahene Osei, G10

I am not expecting the Diploma Programme to be easy. I think it will be challenging yet educative. I am personally looking forward to CAS and experiencing biology and chemistry at a higher level. I am hoping for a fun experience and a change in my study skills and life skills after completion. – Lilanie Adjei-Addo, G10

The IB Programme has been described to me as very hectic, challenging and no time to waste. I hope to get the experience and work ethic which I have heard the IB Programme provides. I hope that my teachers will provide me with all the support as the IBDP programme demands. And I hope for God-given results at the end of the tunnel. – Stacey Abbeo, G10

Enjoy the rest of your day